Your Weekly Low Down | September 1, 2017

Happy Labor Day weekend, alumni! Here's the latest from your Columbia community.



  • Earth Institute experts broke down the causes and devastating impacts of¬†Hurricane Harvey.

  • This week, we celebrated Columbia Business School alumnus Warren Buffet's birthday by reminiscing about the conversation between the billionaire investor and Microsoft founder Bill Gates at Columbia earlier this year, where they discussed all things philanthropy, business, innovation, and leadership.

  • Best of luck to Abdul El-Sayed '15PS. The Physicians and Surgeons alumnus is¬†running for governor of Michigan and is looking to change and strengthen American politics. If he wins, he will be the first Muslim governor in US history.

  • Serial entrepreneur Giri Devanur '14SPS, an EY 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year, is joining the Columbia Entrepreneurship Community.¬†

  • Did you know? During this week in 1983, Columbia College¬†officially became fully coed as the Class of '87 arrived on campus. Columbia College Alumni threw it back on Twitter to the original¬†Columbia Spectator¬†article that reported the news.


  • In her new documentary,¬†WINNING,¬†Jacqueline Joseph '91BUS¬†takes viewers on a journey through the careers of five legendary athletes: tennis champion Martina Navratilova, golf great Jack Nicklaus, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, track and field star Edwin Moses, and Dutch Paralympian Esther Vergee.

    The Low Down sat down with Joseph this week to discuss the making of the documentary, her career change from business to film, and advice for fellow alumni filmmakers. Read the interview.

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